At the Children & Young People's Health Partnership (CYPHP), we know that supporting a child or young person's health requires many professionals to work together. As such, below you can find more information on:
- Emotional resilience training: a programme that supports teaching staff to develop emotional wellbeing and resilience among your students.
- Asthma: What is asthma, and top tips on how you can support your students.
- Epilepsy: What is epilepsy, and and top tips on how you can support your students.
Emotional Resilience Training
What is Emotional Resilient training?
In 2016, The Training Effect were commissioned by CYPHP to develop and train professionals, who then delivered a mental health and wellbeing programme across primary and secondary schools in Lambeth and Southwark. The focus of the programme was on healthy development, and supporting emotional wellbeing and resilience amongst children and young people through the use of effective interventions.
Teachers and other professionals working in schools were trained to deliver the programme across a series of classroom sessions. The sessions were designed in complement the developmental capabilities of children and young people in different age groups.
Q1. What is asthma?
Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs. Over time, triggers in the air such as pollens, moulds, animal dander, and dust can cause the airway to become red, sore, and swollen. The airways can also be quite sensitive to other triggers, including:
- Cigarette smoke.
- Heightened emotions.
These triggers can make the airway tighten, making it difficult to breathe.
For more information watch the following video: 'Boostershot comic – ‘What is asthma? – Pathophysiology of asthma. It shows what happens to the airway, and how symptoms can be treated.
Below are common questions you may have. You can also view the following guide for children with epilepsy in school.
Q1. Should my student attend school trips?
Yes – A child with epilepsy should attend school trips. A risk assessment should be completed before the trip, to make it as safe as possible. Parents (and if the student is old enough) should be included in the risk assessment.
The CYPHP Health team can also support your with further training needs and questions.
Depending on how long the school trip is, check to see if a care plan is in place for the child or young person, and that it is correct. If you are going away for longer than the school day, the child may require additional medicines to control their epilepsy. Your school should have a policy on administering and managing medicines for children. You can get more information from your local authority or school nursing team. It will provide you with guidance on how to obtain consent from their legal guardian and how to store the medicines safety.
It is important that the care plan you have is accurate, and that staff are comfortable in supporting children to take their medicines.
School activates including swimming are encouraged with the right support in place. For example, check if the pool has a lifeguard and that the lifeguard is made aware of the diagnosis. When swimming, an allocated person should also watch the child in the pool e.g. a parent could watch the child while they attend a group swimming lesson.
Contact sports such as football and rugby are fine, unless otherwise stated in the school care plan.